Cable Technology Feature Article
Companies Recognized for Most Innovative Cable Technology Solutions of 2012
By Rachel Ramsey, TMCnet Web Editor
Technology innovations over the years have done more than just change the way we communicate; they’ve also changed the way we watch television. From being able to record and play shows on demand to creating a 360-degree TV experience across multiple platforms, cable television operators continue to create products and solutions that enhance TV viewing.
On average, Americans watch 33 hours of television per week. The Internet may be creeping up on cable – a Belkin and Harris Interactive (News - Alert) study found that 30 percent of Internet users in the U.S. would consider cutting cable – but the demise of cable is not in the near future. Nearly 71 percent of U.S. households subscribe to both broadband and cable television, and cable’s penetration rate alone is more than 90 percent.
Recently, the winners for the 2012 Cable Spotlight Product of the Year Award were released, honoring those with the most innovative cable technology solutions of 2012.
“The winners of the Cable Spotlight Product of the Year Award have distinguished themselves as the leading cable technology solutions on the market,” said Rich Tehrani, TMC CEO, in a statement. “We are proud to be associated with these innovative companies and products.”
Metaswitch Networks was recognized for its Perimeta Session Border Controller, which includes a Signaling Session Controller (SSC) and a Media Session Controller (MSC (News - Alert)). It delivers network security, advanced management of packet throughput under all load conditions, extensive protocol interworking and normalization and complete pack analysis for in-depth problem isolation and repair.
Edgeware was recognized for its Edgeware Convoy Video Delivery Network System, which allows an operator to manage a retail-based video delivery network across any network topology, provide advanced video services such as nPVR, and also to offer a wholesale video delivery capability to content providers.
TOA Technologies was recognized for ETAdirect Professional, a solution that increases productivity and slashes paperwork. It assigns workers to jobs based on chosen criteria, routes trips automatically, monitors and manages workers in real-time, responds to changing conditions and analyzes and reports data continuously.
Tektronix (News - Alert) was recognized for two products – its Sentry Edge II and MTS4000 MPEG Analyzer. Sentry Edge II is a video quality monitor that includes QAM RF measuring capability and MTS4000 MPEG Analyzer, which captures events for deep analysis to identify the root cause of problems.
Azuki Systems’ Azuki Media Platform delivers high-quality video across many platforms and devices. It helps ensure video content can be viewed anywhere, on any device, over any network and deploy IP-based video services without reinvesting in existing CMS, CDN, operations and technology infrastructures.
JDS Uniphase Corporation was recognized for its DSMobile iPad app, which increases technician productivity with intuitive portable interface and the ability to view all necessary test results, including all channels and multiple measurements, on one large screen remotely.
RGB Networks was recognized for its Just-in-Time Packaging, which segments streams using adaptive streaming technology to deliver video and audio to PCs, mobile devices and set-top boxes. TransAct Packager ingests H.264 encoded video streams carried in an MPEG-2 transport stream (TS) and produces segmented output in Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), Microsoft (News - Alert) Smooth Streaming, Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), MPEG DASH and RTMP formats.
CSG Systems International, Inc. was recognized for its CSG Enhanced Sales Edition, which helps cable and satellite operators easily and effectively define and sell offers and products to their customers. Its robust features build a more unified and cohesive way of managing and defining service packages so that every department—from call center staff to marketing to billing—views these packages similarly, allowing more consistent and effective selling and customer care.
NetScout (News - Alert) Systems, Inc. was recognized for its nGenius Service Assurance Solution, a unified service delivery management platform that provides IT organizations with comprehensive, real-time network, application and service performance intelligence to assure optimized network and application performance and quality of experience.
Ensequence was recognized for its iTV Manager Service Provider Edition, which enables interactive advertising to scale in local ad sales operational environments. The tools included cover almost the entire process, from template creation and re-versioning to scheduling and playout.
Viaccess-Orca was recognized for COMPASS, a content discovery and recommendation platform. It allows users to increase content usage, customer loyalty, satisfaction and revenue by providing subscribers with personalized recommendations and appealing exploration concepts through the content.
Ericsson was recognized for its Ericsson Network Engineer, a scalable, GIS-based network management system that helps users efficiently plan, design, maintain and document ongoing changes to your inside and outside plant facilities. It speeds network build through engineering efficiency and design standardization.
Harmonic Inc. was recognized for its NSG Pro, a Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) that provides high-density universal edgeQAM capabilities and an easy upgrade path to future integrated CMTS capabilities.
Guavus was recognized for The Guavus Reflex Platform, a big data analytics solution that uses a paradigm of stream processing and analytics for collection, processing and advanced visualization. Instead of first storing and then querying large and growing volumes of data, the platform processes raw network data streams as they arrive from the various network elements.
Ciena was recognized for its 3902 Service Delivery Switch, a single port Ethernet business demarcation device in a compact form factor.
ZCorum was recognized for its TruVizion diagnostics software, which helps cable operators better manage their broadband networks. It helps company representatives resolve customer issues faster, recover from outages more quickly, replace expensive test equipment, improve digital voice services, pinpoint plant issues and manage improvements, and reduce DSL modem provisioning and support headaches.
Envivio was recognized for Envivio Muse encoders, which provide a high-quality, all-digital live or file-based workflow that fits new and existing environments, simplifies operations, reduces equipment requirements and controls expansion costs.
Learn more about the winners of the cable innovations and see how they can enhance your TV viewing experience.
Edited by Alisen Downey